Hilaire Belloc’s View of a Pilgrimage

When Hilaire Belloc was a rumbustious young man in his mid-thirties, and only a few years after he had completed his journey afoot to Rome, he wrote an essay entitled “The Idea of a Pilgrimage,” which first appeared in his memorable 1906 collection of essays Hills and the Sea. In this essay are some insights — even about “the heart of a child” — which will be, I believe, still a fortifying inspiration for us today, and a deep moral nourishment.

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